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About knife crime

Knife crime isn’t as common as you may think, but it does happen. Knife crime can affect anyone, not just people in gangs. What is knife crime? Knife crime is a crime that involves a knife or any sharp object.

Many people don’t realise that as well as stabbing someone it is also illegal to; carry a knife even if it has not been used; threaten someone with a knife or sharp object; own a banned knife: commit a crime using a knife – like robbery; commit a crime by pretending you have a real knife. Any of these actions could result in a criminal record.

Did you know that juveniles aged 12-17 sentenced in a youth court may receive a detention and training order of up to 24 months, and that under the two-strike rule young people aged 16-17 can receive a minimum of four months detention and training order for possession of a knife? If you are over 18 the minimum custodial sentence is six months.

Despite the common misconception that many young people carry knives, in reality 99% of young people don’t carry knives. You must be over 18 to purchase a knife, this includes cutlery and kitchen knives. If you are found guilty of carrying a knife on school premises or in a public space, you could face up to four years in prison. To get help, you can contact Childline or Crimestoppers anonymously. You could also talk to a youth worker, trusted family member or teacher.

It has been proven that if you carry a knife, you are more likely to be targeted by people who want to hurt you.

Speak Out works in partnership with The Harborough Community Safety Partnership.


You can call Childline on 0800 1111 if you’re worried about your own safety or if you think someone you know is carrying or using a knife

You can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you want to report a knife crime.

By The Speak Out Team
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